The Chequers plan forgoes the possibility of the UK resuming control, as it seeks to continue binding us to a number of unfavourable EU agencies. Supporters of Chequers describe any alternatives as reckless and miscalculated. Plan A Plus is neither; it is sensible and pragmatic.
The UK will remain part of the EU agencies that benefit us and leave those that are of detriment. There is no need to change where it is not necessary. For example, the UK’s aviation regulator – the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – will stay part of the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA). Remaining tied will cause no disruption or inhibit control of the UK’s ability to govern airspace.
As a result, the UK will retain its status as one of Europe’s aviation hubs, whilst continuing to be a significant point of departure for international flights too.
However, under Plan A Plus the UK will seek to abandon the European Chemicals Agency (ECA) in order to avoid the vast EU regulations on the chemical industry, which stunt growth and innovation. Similarly, what is said to be true for the chemicals industry is ‘doubly true’ in the case of the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore, Plan A would see the UK also leave the European Medical Agency (EMA). Neither agency is advantageous to the UK’s interests – preventing development and progression.
The UK would no longer have to adhere to stifling standards set by the EU, but instead it would retain the right to formulate its own frameworks. The Alternative Plan would ensure a commitment to the high standards of regulation, which the UK advocates, whilst also reinforcing our role as a global pioneer in research and innovation.